2002 Second Team All-MAAC
Came back after missing the 2001 campaign (hand injury) to put together one of the top seasons ever by a Duquesne running back ... stepped in for all-time leading rusher Donte Small and ran for 1,310 yards -- the second-highest single-season total in school history ... also tied the school record with 14 rushing TDs ... is the eighth leading returning rusher in NCAA Division I-AA ... accounted for 68 percent of DU's rushing yardage and 60 percent of the Dukes' rushing attempts ... was named Second Team All-MAAC and also earned a spot on the Verizon Academic All-America Second Team ... was a two-year member of the track team where he posted a best time of 11.38 in the 100-meter dash in 2002 ... also ran on the 4x100 relay team that finished sixth in the Atlantic 10 in 2001
As a junior (2002): Came back from a hand injury to lead the Dukes in rushing with 1,310 yards on 303 carries (4.3 ypc.) ... finished 11th nationally with an average of 109.2 rushing yards per game ... his 1,310 rushing yards were the second- highest single-season total in school history ... tied the school record with 14 rushing touchdowns ... ran for at least one score in 10 of 12 games ... also caught 15 passes for 86 yards ... topped the 100-yard rushing mark seven times with a career-high 205 yards on 36 carries vs. Iona ... totaled 643 of his 1,310 rushing yards during a four-game span in late-October, early-November ... posted a career-long 34-yard run in the mud at La Salle on his way to 122 yards ... followed that with 205 at Iona, 143 at Canisius and 173 vs. Fairfield ... caught a season-high three passes for 23 yards at Canisius ... entered the season with 334 career rushing yards on 53 carries
As a junior (2001-medical redshirt): Saw his season ended by a hand injury suffered in the opener vs. VMI ... was granted a medical hardship season ... carried six times for 33 yards and a nine-yard TD vs. the Keydets prior to the injury
As a sophomore (2000): Finished third on the team with 29 carries for 209 yards ... his 7.2 ypc. average was the best on the squad ... ran for 64 yards on five carries in the snow at Canisius ... added 48 yards on six rushes vs. Marist and 47 yards on four carries vs. Iona ... scored from 24 yards out vs. Marist and added a nineyard TD run vs. Iona ... posted a then career-long 31-yard jaunt at Canisius ... led the Dukes with 111 yards on 21 punt returns ... also returned eight kickoffs for 108 yards
As a freshman (1999): Saw action in all 11 games ... led the team with 21 punt returns for 190 yards ... his 9.0 yards per return average ranked 46th nationally ... carried the ball 18 times for 92 yards (5.1 ypc.), including eight totes for 48 yards vs. St. Peter's ... finished the season with two pass receptions for 11 yards, including a two-yard score vs.Siena ... returned four kickoffs for 57 yards
Personal: Three-time member of the MAAC All-Academic team (2000, 2001 and 2002) ... has also been named to the DU Director of Athletics Honor Roll ... full name is Michael Ward Hilliard ... major: finance ... date of birth: 9/19/80.